Labor Department Announces Grants for Laid-Off Andersen Workers

March 22nd, 2012 by DWM Magazine

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a $656,098 grant to provide employment-related assistance to about 150 workers laid off in November and December 2011 by Andersen Corp. A majority of the affected individuals worked at the company’s Bayport, Minn., facility, and a few worked at the Renewal by Andersen facility in Cottage Grove, Minn.

“Even as our economic recovery picks up steam, workers in the hardest hit industries like residential construction face significant headwinds. These funds will help them obtain the training and support services they need to compete for good jobs,” says Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Jane Oates.

The grant is being awarded to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to be used for training and re-employment support services in conjunction with Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits. According to the announcement, National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor’s discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines.

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